By Beth David, Editor
The 40th annual Fairhaven Homecoming Day Fair, sponsored by the Fairhaven Improvement Association brought thousands of people to the center of Fairhaven on Saturday, 6/25, to enjoy food, activities, and just seeing people they haven’t seen in a long time.
The weekend’s activities also included reunions, both formal and informal, tours of Fairhaven High School, an art show the day of the fair, and lots of other events designed to take advantage of the extra crowds.
Rose and Paul Minehan live at Our Lady’s Haven and got sprung for the day by their son-in-law Tim Foley. Married for 67 years, Ros, 87, and Paul, 91, share a room at OLH, and clearly appreciated rolling around the street, checking out the vendors and endless line ofsmiling faces.
“It’s wonderful,” said Rose. “Where all these people came from, I don’t know.”
Paul, a Marine and WWII vet, had his identifying hat on, which prompted Allen Days, also a Marine, to stop by for a quick chat and a picture.
And that’s what the Homecoming Day Fair is all about, right?
Robert Surdam was gadding about with his Green Winged Macaw, a type of parrot, named Zaboo.
Mr. Surdam, of Fairhaven, said he was trying to get the big bird used to people. He had the bird “since he was an egg,” he said.
He’s 13 now, and can live up to 75 years old.
On the lawn of the Unitarian church, the art show gave Adam Katz the Best in Show and the first place for Photography for his photo “Field in Amherst, MA.”
Activities for children included rides in an antique fire truck (okay, for adults, too); a bounce house, and free games at some booths, including “fish for a prize” at the Southern Mass Credit Union Booth.
The 175 vendor booths were hawking all manner of unique and handmade items and food.
The weather was warm, but not hot, and a refreshing breeze rolled up Center Street, while various performers sang in front of town hall from noon to 4 p.m., when the whole fair shut down.
Be sure to mark your calendar for next year, it’s the last weekend in June. The fair is free to attend: No charge for meeting up with old friends and strolling along the street chatting at will.
Be sure to find the Neighb News on Facebook for lots more pictures of this year’s Homecoming Day Fair.
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